Byron Live with Mandy Nolan

Saturday 5th October 2019, 7pm for an 8pm show

Well, this is going to be fun….going to host a chat show talking to the inspired, kooky, amazing out of the box thinkers who live around here! First show we speak to Damon Gameau who made That Sugar Film and 2040, Guinness Book of Records Superstar, sword swallower, chainsaw juggler and mind reader Space Cowboy, Yoni Mapping Therapist Karlyn Boyter (yes I’m getting mine done..gulp) with live painting by Pricasso, the dude who paints with his penis.

Music by Aine Tyrell – just back from playing the UK and Irish Festival circuit …there’s a houseband, there’s a catch up with Ellen Briggs….its going to be awesome…Saturday 5 October at the Drill Hall… Only 100 seats – its our first live filming – we’d love you to be there!

For tix go to

Imagine the Land

Join us for the Imagine the Land – Pigment Paste Up Project

Northern Rivers To Rome

Sunday 15 September 9.30-4.00pm

Join the IMAGINE THE LAND PROJECT artist Karma Barnes in a Pigment Paste-Up Project that will see YOUR ARTWORK on the streets of the Northern Rivers and the walls of ROME!!

Explore natural pigments and colours of the Northern Rivers through making pigment paints and eco inks from local soils and foraged materials. Learn about the geomorphology of the Northern Rivers and connect in a creative exploration of the landscape. Learn to produce and make paste-up eco street-art works. We will install our on the day with wheat-paste on the streets of the Mullumbimby. These artworks will then be reproduced & I will install them in the street art district of Rome, Italy!

At the IMAGINE THE LAND project day we will;

  • Make pigments paints & eco inks from local soils & foraged materials.
  • Connect with the local soils in a creative exploration of the landscape, learn about the geomorphology of the Northern Rivers and how the landscape was created with guest landscape architect James Nash.
  • Learn how to make paste-up eco artworks with our handmade pigment paints & eco inks.
  • Create a series of take-home art explorations on papers with pigment paints & eco inks.
  • Collaborate on designing and painting a street-art artwork
  • Install our street art installation of our collaborative paste-ups with wheatpaste on the walls of the Northern Rivers.
  • Our collaborative artwork will be reproduced and taken to Rome! You will receive live updates from Rome about when the Northern Rivers Artwork is being installed and documentation of the installation and photos of the final work in Rome to share with your friends & family!
  • This is a creative arts workshop suited to all skills and abilities. All materials and resources included.

Young people welcome to join us (15+).

This is a fundraiser for an upcoming exhibition that Imagine the Land Project ( is presenting at The Contemporary Art Gallery of Rome -MACRO this coming October. There we will be creating a 15-meter environmental art installation from Italian soils.

WHEN: Sunday 15 September 9.30-4.00pm

WHERE: The Drill Hall Theatre, Mullumbimby, NSW

BOOKINGS: $100 for the day – includes all materials & resources

(concessions available)


CONTACT: Karma Barnes,
ph 0450 707 709


Imagine the Land Project – Our Story

Imagine the Land Project is a collaboration between local artist Karma Barnes (NZ/Australia) & Ekarasa Donlanovic (Croatia/NZ). Over the past 10 years, the project has worked with people of all ages in producing collaborative ecological artworks through socially and environmentally engaged artistic programs with around 10,000 people to cultivate creative and positive expressions of cooperation and collaboration. These engagements foster tangible experiences of teamwork, connection and intersubjectivity. This is the potent power of art, that so beautifully draws people together, mapping their connection to each other and the land. through soils and pigments.

It is this body of participatory work, that has engaged peoples connection with the creative project and that has led the Imagine the Land Project to be invited to exhibit in Rome at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s ‘MACRO ASILO Curatorial project’ this coming October!

The proposed project “Tocca La Terra” will be made out of Italian local soils hand gathered from the surrounding regions of Rome and regional Italy. These soils will be ground into fine pigments and transformed into a 15m long art installation, filling one of the MACRO exhibition halls.

The project seeks to build on our methodology of community engagement and connection to local place within a global environment. The work will explore local stories and collective ontologies of the earth that we work upon, fostering compassionate relationships between the participants and the environment that nourishes and sustains us.

Karma is also the director of the local street art project <In.scribe> Youth Project.

Karma Barnes  +61 450 707 709
MA Expressive & Creative Arts Therapy, Grad.Cert ECAP, BA Art & Creativity
Art Therapy Northern Rivers // Professional Registered ANZACATA
o  Art Therapist
Imagine the Land Project
o <In.scribe> Youth Arts Mentoring



Let’s Dance

Thursdays 9 AM – 10 AM


Let’s move our bodies to the beat.
Dance as much or as little as you want.


Let the world disappear and your feet dance the beat and get lost in your own world. This dance hour has been created because many people love to dance but no longer do..


Dancing keeps us young. It’s good for you. It’s a legal high. It’s fun. It’s cheap. Come!
What music are we dancing to? Hip hop, tribal, world and some old classics


Northern Rivers Impro Schools Challenge 2019

FRIDAY – 5th April 7:00 pm


The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents

The Northern Rivers Impro Schools Challenge 2019

This promises to be a hilariously fun-filled evening of entertainment.

The Northern Rivers Impro Schools Challenge is 8 teams of 3 to 5 students from
years 9 to 12 from 5 participating Northern Rivers’ schools and 2 youth groups competing for a cash prize. They are challenged to create 1, 2 & 3 minute improvised scenes live on stage which are judged by 3 independent improvisation judges.

TICKETS: $5 FOR STUDENTS, $10 FOR ADULTS and are only available at the door
from 6.45pm on the night.

Mark Colvin’s Kidney

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 28, 29, 30 September & 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14,

** Extended Season October 19, 20, 21 **

The Drill Hall Theatre Company presents a Campfire Collective Project

Mark Colvin’s Kidney

Written by Tommy Murphy and Directed by John Rado

Normal Ticket Price $30/$22

Special Ticket Price for Sunday 30 September $40/$32

(Special Ticket Price includes show, nibbles, drink and Q&A with playwright Tommy Murphy)
Tickets available online and at the Bookshop, Mullumbimby

Please be early as there is no allocated seating.
Bar and Kitchen (Tea/Coffee/Cakes) also opens 30 minutes before each show.  
please note that online bookings close 2 hours before each performance
and there is a 30c booking fee for online bookings.

Duraration approx 2hs 30 minutes with interval

Warning:  Contains strong language


Motion in NSW Parliament by Local Member, Tamara Smith on 18th October 2018

MCK motion in parliament

Review in Summer 2018 issue of GPSpeak (North Coast Health Matters) by Robin Orborne

Review GP Speak North Coast Health Matters



“Excellent. Professional. Well worth getting to see” – Linda.

“Excellent. I cried it was so touching” – Marilyn

“Brilliant. Fabulous. Good as the Belvoir St production” – Felix

“Excellent production – the script, the acting, the set design – all superb – worthy of an off-Broadway run. Amazing quality, especially for the small town of Mullumbimby” – Lissa

“This fabulous Drill Hall production reveals not only the awful impact of brute institutional power to wreck human lives but also the remarkable creative ability of humans to reach out and save each other” – Mary

“Incredibly impressed. Great performances, stage set and direction. Things like this make me love the Northern Rivers. Such talent is here. We were all buzzing when we got home. Many many Thanks” – Lyndall

“Grapples compellingly with some of the key ethical issues of our time… a brilliant local production that deserves our full support… and besides, it’s fun!” – Tony

“What a script! It tells the true story swiftly and it’s enthralling. I learnt so much and I cried. The production is 1st rate” – Peter Lehner (Fierce FM)

“The play sparkles with great writing, acting and direction. Be prepared for laugh out loud humour, interpersonal conflicts and personal dilemmas.

This production is another step forward for this ambitious company. Tommy Murphy’s clever script is very sophisticated, deserving of its Australian theatre successes. The Drill Hall set, an inspired multipurpose design by noted Sydney designer Tom Bannerman is a bonus. The many scene changes shift effortlessly across the set with no need to repeatedly dim the lights.” – Jim Beatson (The Byron Echo)

“As Mark Colvin, Greg Aitken gave a powerful performance and was strongly supported by Liz Chance as Mary-Ellen Field, half a world away, who felt the need to help a man she admired.  The clever use of news vision and surtitles brought the facts of the scandal back to one’s memory as though it only happened last week and gave the production authenticity.  Director John Rado and his well-disciplined supporting cast have crafted a wonderful telling of this true life drama with a touch of humour.  The Drill Hall Theatre’s intimate venue and the rear-projected scenery made for the audience to be front and centre and involved in this inspiring presentation.” Roger McKenzie (Stage Whispers).


Peter Gough – Producer. 

Peter trained at the Independent Theatre and graduated from Deacon University in Drama and Media Arts. Since being a founding High School Drama teacher in NSW he has taught Drama, Acting and Film Production at numerous High Schools, Open University programs and Acting Training schools.

He has produced and directed dozens of theatre productions, some of his favourites being: The Who’s Tommy, Oliver!, The Rocky Horror Show, Bugsy Malone, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Bourgeois Gentleman, Spring Awakening, The Insect Play, The Front Page, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Good Doctor, Biloxi Blues, Noises Off, To Be or Not To Be, A Clockwork Orange, The Pope and the Witch, Cosi, Lord of the Flies and Two Weeks With the Queen.

John Rado – Director.

John has been involved in theatre, film & television since 1979. He graduated from NIDA’s Directors Course. He was the Artistic Director of New Theatre and Voices Theatre, Associate Director at The State Theatre Company of South Australia and acted, directed and designed lighting for over 60 theatre productions. He appeared in TV series such as Silent Witness and Robin Hood for the BBC, The BorgiasWorld Without EndNapoleon and The Pillars of the Earth for Showtime, and feature films such as Machotaildrop for Film Canada, Treasure Island for BCA, MaxGame of Swords and Magic Boys and recently in the Australian film Burns Point.

John returned to Australia in December 2012 and has made documentaries and short films. He was the General Manager for Sprung Integrated Dance Theatre. He appeared as Gabo in Louis Nowra’s The Incorruptible at the Drill Hall in 2017 and in the same year ran The Directors Lab, a six week intensive workshop which explored the role of the director in theatre. He played Nathan Jessep in A Few Good Men at the Ballina players earlier this year. John is a founding member of The Campfire Collective.

Tom Bannerman – Set Designer

 Tom is a Sydney-based set-designer. His body-of-work is considerable: well over 200 productions. Recents works include The Lieutenant of InishmoreHIV MonologuesThe Little Dog LaughedMarat/SadeWhen the Rain Stops FallingJerusalem and That Eye, the Sky (New Theatre), Charley’s Aunt (Newcastle Civic Playhouse), three different designs for Bondi Dreaming (Belvoir Downstairs. Bondi Pavilion and Seymour Downstairs), Penelope (TAP Gallery) and The New Electric Ballroom (Stables).

Chris Wesely – Sound & Technical Director

Chris is a multi-instrumentalist and sound engineer originally from Adelaide and has lived in the Northern Rivers for the past 6 years. He is currently nearing the end of a 2 year degree in audio engineering at SAE. Chris has played music with a different bands in a range of musical styles including Reggae, Rock, Country, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Fusion, and others. With a keen interest in sound design he hopes to create an immersive world by which the audience will be enveloped with the integrations of technology. Chris’s background in performing has lead him to enjoy entertaining in many forms be it dance, acting or music.

Having worked for a few years in Adelaide in amateur theatre, he looks forward to returning to theatre and bringing his ideas and skills for multimedia and performance to this show.

Sue Rado – Costumes and Publicity

Sue began working in theatre in 1991 after meeting John Rado who introduced her to the joys of the theatre family. Sue designed set and costumes for many productions at the New Theatre during the nineties including A Chapel Perilous, Sons of Cain, The Legend of King O’MalleyHamlet, King Lear & at the Zenith Theatre, Sydney Six Degrees of Separation .

After a long absence Sue found herself back in the theatre designing the set and costumes for The Incorruptible at the Drill Hall in 2017 and for a short play later that year – The Same Pageby local writer Michael Lill.

Livi Rado – Production Assistant

Livi has come to this production to expand her theatre knowledge and experience. As a musician and singer, Livi was involved in musical productions as a high school student at Southern Cross High in 2014/15. Her love of music took her to SAE for a short time studying Music Production. Livi is still not sure where her interests and passions will take her and is looking forward to discovering more about theatre in her role as production Assistant.

Mike Sheehan – Stage Manager

Mike has been involved in Community theatre for over 80 productions as director, set designer, stage manager and performer, and is currently secretary of Ballina Players. He is married to Jaime who is currently choreographing The Boy From Oz for Ballina Players. Mike has appeared as Valjean from Les Mis, Professor Higgins from My Fair Lady, Max Bialystock from the Producers, and, many years ago, as Pippin from Pippin and Matthew in Godspell for Miranda Musical Society. He has directed many Youth Musicals for Ballina Players and It’s a Wonderful Life and A Few Good Men in recent years. Mike is a retired Maths Teacher from Alstonville High School and has 5 beautiful children.

Geoff Harrison – Publicity

Geoff spent the 1980s carrying out administration, management and media for theatre including Circus Oz, Los Trios Ringbarkus, Handspan/Triffitt’s Secrets, and festivals – Melbourne Comedy, Aust Bicentennial, Melbourne Fringe, Midsumma, Melbourne City Council Entertainment in Public Places, and foreign festivals including London, Edinburgh, New York, Amsterdam, and Vancouver. Then over 20 years in community health, aged care and disability support. Tipping toes back into Australian theatre.

Alex Benham – Lighting

Alex has been a part of the Drill Hall Theatre Company since 1985 when he joined the cast of Inherit the Wind, another play about injustice, the media and the courts. Since then he has been involved with most Drill Hall Theatre productions in one capacity or another – Stage Management; Acting and even a little Directing. These days he usually confines his involvement to light and sound where he no longer needs to learn lines.

Alex is also Treasurer of the company and part of the Building Committee, whose responsibility is to further develop the theatre, while managing the complexity of use by the Drill Hall Theatre Company and the general public.


Owen Trevor-Jones, Kasadevi Curtis, Liz Chance, Chris Benaud, Georgia Martin, Sam Herzog, Dane Bodley, Mike Russo, Greg Aitke

Liz Chance has performed in plays at Nimrod, The Old Tote, The Stables, The Seymour Centre, Marion St Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Old Fitzroy, Darlinghurst Theatre, Belvoir St Theatre and the Opera House. She produced and co-starred with Max Cullen in the Australian Premiere of Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes. Liz has also appeared in various Television productions including Home and AwayBig Sky, Rafferty’s Rules, Mike Willisee’s AustraliansG.P.Water RatsA Country PracticeBlue Heelers and Stingers. She has also directed Cosi by Louis Nowra, Face to Face by David Williamson, (both at NIDA), Glengarry Glenross by David Mamet for Babylon Productions, The Disposal by William Inge at the Old Fitzroy and Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter at the Cat and Fiddle in Balmain. Liz taught at NIDA for twelve years. Most recently she appeared in the role of Honour in the play of the same name by Joanna Murray-Smith at The Drill Hall.

Throughout her extensive career Liz appeared in the lead role of Nora in The Plough and the Stars directed by Hugh Hunt, Artistic Director of the Dublin Theatre, Gwendoline in the Importance of Being Ernest at Marion St Theatre, Nicholas Nickleby and Way of the World for the STC, Pauline in Willy Russell’s One For the Road and Alarms and Excursions (incidentally designed by Tom Bannerman) both for the Ensemble Theatre, the lead role of Ruth in Vertigo and the Virginia at the Old Fitzroy Theatre directed by Sarah Goodes (currently an associate director with the MTC and until 2016 Resident Director for the STC) and in Portia Coughlan directed by Maeliosa Stafford Co-Director of O’Punksky’s Theatre Company at Darlinghurst Theatre.

Liz is playing the role of Mary-Ellen Field.

Gregory Aitken began his professional acting career in 1974 with an Arts Council of NSW tour, Hot Line, Cool Image. After moving to the Northern Rivers he toured the region in NORPA’s first production, Lilies of The Paddock in 1993. Then followed a series of roles with NORPA in The Cars That Ate Paris (Perth Festival 1995), Metamorphosis, No Sugar and Too Young For Ghosts. With Theatre North he toured with Deluge (Adelaide Fringe Festival 1994). He acted opposite Derren Nesbitt in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at Lismore City Hall.

When Northern Rivers professional acting work dried up, Gregory began nineteen years in creative arts administration at NORPA, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium, the Byron Community Centre and the Byron Bay International Film Festival which he began in 2005. The Drill Hall Theatre Company provided an opportunity for Gregory to return to acting in 2009. He has appeared in Competitive TendernessUncle Vanya, Honk If You are JesusPig Iron People and A Rod Gibson Retrospective. Gregory adapted and acted in Caldera and was the supervising director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He co-wrote and co-directed The Ballad of Edgar and Mary (with Claude Gonzalez) for the Drill Hall’s Centenary and directed and acted in Louis Nowra’s The Incorruptible in February 2017. Later in that year he was a production manager and actor in the international co-production and tour to Cardiff, Wales, of Do Not Go Gentle. Gregory is a founding member of The Campfire Collective.

Film: Journey Among Women, Breakup.

ABC Television: Flash Nick from JindavickPeaches Gold, Flashes from the Front.

Greg is playing the role of Mark Colvin.

Owen Trevor-Jones began acting with Theatre North in Lismore in 1981 performing Shakespeare, Shaffer, Marowitz and others. Owen has also worked with Ballina Players, Bay Write, Drill Hall and Bangalow Theatre Co. Owen was part of the collaboration with Everyman Theatre from Cardiff, Wales and with others of Drill Hall toured the production here and in Wales.

Owen is playing the role of Bruce, Mary Ellen’s husband.

Kasadevi Curtis first stepped on the stage at the tender age of 12 right here at the Drill Hall Theatre. Since then she has appeared in productions for the Pacific Players, The Drill Hall Theatre Company, The Byron Theatre Company, The Lismore Theatre Company, Fourth Wall Productions, Mongrel Arts, Halpin Productions and Splinters Theatre of Spectacle. She has also performed in various short films & television commercials but definitely prefers the stage!! Her most recent performances in Mullumbimby were as Titania in the 2014 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and as Louise Porter in the hugely successful 2017 production of The Incorruptible.

Kasadevi is enjoying the challenge of playing multiple roles in this production as it’s not something she has done before. She loves being involved in any production that asks the audience to think critically about the world around them – and this one certainly does that!

Amongst others Kasadevi is playing the role of Elle Macpherson

Georgia Martin is an actor, voice coach, director and long-term member of the Drill Hall Theatre Company. For the past ten years she has been directing plays, including the award winning By Robot and The Water’s Edge.  She is attracted to directing strong female roles with a comedic bent. These productions include Waitresses for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of the Arts, Becky Shaw and Five Women Wearing the Same Dress which she co-directed with Mike Russo.  Most recently she co-directed, again with Mike Russo, The Call.

As an actor she performed in North Coast theatre productions of Competitive TendernessThe Threepenny Opera, Clarke in Sarajevo, Barmaids, Steel Magnolias, Lend Me a Tenor, Hotel Sorrento, No Sugar, Metamorphosis, The Cherry Orchard, Hamlet, Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Jumpers and An Othello.  The Sydney productions were Tales From Hollywood at the New Theatre, California Suite, The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, The Water Engine, Agamemnon, The Devils and the for the Arts Council of NSW, The Trojan Women.

Georgia is playing the roles of Cassandra, French Parishioner, Michele & Senior Physician.

Mike Russo has been an actor, director and designer for 40 years, mostly with both the DHTC and Lismore TC. He studied acting at the Drama Studio and The Independent Theatre and has a BA degree from UNE with majors in Theatre Studies and English.

Mike was the much loved children’s clown Chocolate for many years, appearing regularly at the Channon Market.

For the past ten years Mike has been holding free, weekly acting workshops at the Drill Hall. If you are interested in attending these just turn up at the Drill Hall any Monday evening at 6:30.

Mike is playing the role of Lucas, the Lawyer.

Chris Benaud trained at UNSW, Ensemble Studios and Actors Conservatory. At an early age he starred in the international series The Lost Islands which was seen in 150 countries. He had numerous TV roles in series including Number 96Certain WomenThe Young Doctors,  Glenview High and telemovies for the ABC, Grundy’s and Paramount. He has performed on stage for the Hunter Valley Theatre Company, Ensemble and Genesians. He starred in the West End production of the acclaimed Vinyl Couch. More recently he has performed stand-up comedy and as Bottom in the Drill Hall production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Chris is playing the role of Professor Zoltan Endre.

Sam Herzog is a recent psychology graduate of the University of Sydney. Though Sam has done little acting in a formal context before, he has always had a keen interest in film and drama. Sam hopes that a diverse array of experiences, including being in the production of Mark Colvin’s Kidney, will help him forge a successful career as a writer one day, but he is curious to see which exact direction life will take him in the coming years.

Dane Bodley has only been involved in the performing arts world for just over two years. His love of stage and creative expression flourished when he joined Ballina Players in late 2015 and has thrived to improve his performance and skills with every show since. Most recently Dane has played Lt. Kendrick in Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men by Aaron Sorkin. Dane has recently commenced studying Screen and Media at Lismore TAFE, and is very excited to be working with the team behind Mark Colvin’s Kidney.


The Call

Friday 29, 30 June and 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 July

Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm


The Drill hall Theatre Company presents

Inspired by the story of the Muslim convert and ill-starred adventurer David Hicks, Patricia Cornelius’s bleakly funny drama pits a young man’s search for meaning against the corrosive cynicism that regards faith in anything – religion, politics, one’s country, even love – as a sign of weakness or the first step on the road to another kick in the arse.

Gary is a wayward young bloke who slaughters chooks at an abattoir. His empathy for the doomed creatures marks him as a more sensitive soul than his co-workers – who bait him mercilessly – but when he’s out with best mates Aldo and Chunk, Gary is no better or worse than any of them.

He meets Denise, a young woman with big but vague dreams. For a moment, Gary thinks he has found what he has been looking for. It’s love, but is it enough?

The birth of a child comes as a grim reality check for Sarah, but Gary’s yearning to find meaning in life – to invest in something bigger than himself – becomes more acute. Degrading jobs and the death of a friend amplify his feelings of emptiness until, after watching a group of Muslim men praying at work, everything becomes clear.

The Call doesn’t seek to explain away Hicks or make a cautionary example of him. What it does do – very effectively – is demonstrate how our society fails to create a sense of belonging. If no routes for fulfilment are apparent, we shouldn’t be surprised at what directions people take on their own.



Echonetdaily 11th July 2018

last weekend of the call at the drill hall

The Call

The Drill Hall, Mulum | Fri 13 & Sat 14 July | 8pm and 2pm | $22-25

Australian playwright Patricia Cornelius’s The Call is an inspired choice for Mullumbimby’s Drill Hall Theatre Company. The play is based on the youth/early adulthood of David Hicks, the Australian who was captured in Afghanistan and later released from Guantánamo Bay. Mathew Godwin stars as Jerry who, with his two mates, struggles with alienation and poor employment opportunities by taking drugs and working dangerous jobs in abattoirs.

Jerry falls for forceful, angry Denise (played by Stevie Shumack) who desperately wants to travel overseas but ends up feeling trapped raising their children in an impoverished neighbourhood. Meanwhile Jerry is distracted by their sexuality and thrill seeking with his mates, the cynical Chunk (Dean Mitchell) and dreamy Aldo (Tom Davies).

The laugh-out-loud black humour picks up as anguish becomes the new norm. The Call for each of the three men differs, but for Jerry an idealised version of Islam offers an escape. In all this Denise and the children are increasingly sidelined.

Patricia Cornelius uses humour to leaven her honest, harsh, no-holds-barred dialogue to make a truly exciting night at the Drill Hall. The highly professional young cast, many in debut performances are superbly directed by local legends Mike Russo and Georgia Martin. The ensemble builds a searing and insightful commentary about the meaning of life in our Lucky Country. Reviewed by Jim Beatson

The Drill Hall Theatre’s latest offering The Call is in its last week. This edgy piece of Australian theatre explores what life is like in small country towns in rural Australia. It’s been called: ‘funny’, ‘disturbing’, ‘moving’, ‘real’, ‘thought provoking’, ‘relevant’, and the cast was lauded with: ‘terrific young lead actors’.

Gary, the hero of the play, like David Hicks, grew up in a village, as we all do. In his case the village let him down. How many Garys and Davids might there be in your village? If you are concerned about your village you should see this play to see what effect indifference can have on young lives.

The Call runs this Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets $22/25 at The Bookshop, Mullum or


Facebook review by Mark Swivel

Who remembers David Hicks? Amazing how we ‘move on’, isn’t it? The Call, finishing next weekend at the Drill Hall, tells you the back story of how Hicks ended up at Guantanamo. It’s really a portrait of working class life and the search for purpose. Because that’s his back story. Well acted and directed, it’s an hour and a half well spent. An important Australian story by one of our best writers – Patricia Cornelius – and it tells you a lot that most Australians have never heard of her. Muscular, funny, tight writing on the kind of society we are, rather than as advertised. Well done Drill Hall Theatre Mullumbimby.

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Northern Rivers Impro Schools Challenge – 2018.

Friday 6th April 2018, 7:00pm

A theatre games evening for schools and student groups in the Northern Rivers.

And the Winners were:

Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School

Teams of 3 to 5 students from years 9 to 12 from each participating school or youth group perform with teams from other schools and groups in the Northern Rivers region. They are challenged to create 1, 2 & 3 minute improvised scenes live on stage. The scenes were judged by 3 independent improvisation judges.

Participating Groups in 2018 were:

Mullumbimby High School
Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
Kingscliff High School
Byron Youth Theatre

Congratulations to all groups on their participation.

And thanks to everyone who helped organise and make this night the great success it was.


The Directors Lab – Conducted by John Rado

John RadoJohn is a practicing actor, director and film maker, who graduated from the NIDA Directors Course in 1996. He is passionate about the development and growth of meaningful theatre and art.

The Directors Lab has been designed for experienced community and amateur theatre practitioners who are passionate and want to expand their knowledge and skills. The Lab is for those who would like the opportunity to take part in an interactive laboratory that examines ways to deepen their experience and awareness in theatre and art. Full participation and preparation are essential in this collaborative process and the input and experiences of the participants will play an integral part in the direction of the program. The Lab aims to help raise the awareness of directors and guide them to find new energy and inspiration in making theatre today by exploring such questions as:

Who are we as theatre people?
Where are we geographically?
What does technology have to do with it?
When are we? – the social/political/economic influence on us as theatre directors.
Why do we want to do this thing called THEATRE anyway?

How do we work alongside designers, producers, choreographers, technicians, stage managers and administrators? Why and how do we choose plays to direct? What is the casting process and how to inspire actors? Why is the knowledge of theatre history important? What is the process of staging (blocking) a production?

The Lab will provide an opportunity to work with professional actors and put into practice new skills and techniques, culminating in a showing at the end of the program.

The Drill Hall Theatre – 2 Jubilee Avenue, Mullumbimby NSW 2482

How Much?

The Directors Lab will be run over six weeks culminating in a public performance of experimental works by each participant.

Email Tel. 0468 356 164

Dates and Times:
Saturday 17 June 10am – 4pm
Saturday 24 June 10am – 4pm
Saturday 1 July 10am – 4pm
Saturday 8 July 10am – 4pm
Monday 10 July 6pm – 10pm
Wednesday 12 July 6pm – 10pm
Friday 14 July 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 15 July 10am – 4pm
Monday 17 July 6pm – 10pm
Wednesday 19 July 6pm – 10pm
Friday 21 July 6pm – 10pm
Sunday 23 July 10am – 4pm

5.30pm Performance/Showing

During the last two weeks of the Laboratory, directors will work in collaboration with professional actors.

Calendar Girls

The production of Calendar Girls proposed for August/September has now been cancelled.

Lions Club of Brunswick Mullumbimby


Lions International

Lions Club of Brunswick Mullumbimby

Lions International began in 1917 in USA and will be celebrating their 100 years next year.  It is the largest volunteer organisation in the world today.

The Lions Club of Brunswick Mullumbimby is the 5th chartered club in Australia.

Our club meets at the Ocean Shores Country Club on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

We are a volunteer organisation that supports our community by fundraising, helping at community projects, and helping  local individuals, families and groups.

We also help nationally and internationally in times of need, eg bush fires, floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, drought.

Our club has just begun a bi-monthly community grants program to support local non profit individuals and groups.

Some of the projects that you might see us involved with are:

  • Driver Reviver at Yelgun over the holiday periods
  • Art Expo at Ocean Shores
  • Mullum to Bruns paddle
  • Lions Youth of the year
  • Black Dog Ride
  • Woodchop Festival at Brunswick Heads
  • Raising funds for Medical Research
  • Tidying the entrance gardens to Mullumbimby

and of course BBQs.

Lions is a worldwide humanitarian association and we receive fantastic support from our local community.

We all work to a simple aim of providing service to those in need.

Congratulations to the Drill Hall on their 100 year celebrations.